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Liberty Times: Turn around Taiwan

2018/02/21 17:57:32

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As Chinese nationalism grows among its immigrants to other countries, not only Chinese corporations are serving as agents of Beijing but also some individuals in the private sector overseas are doing the same.

Some Taiwanese employees working overseas at businesses run by Chinese people have even lost their jobs after voicing their identification with Taiwan.

Prior to that, Beijing has already exercised pressure on China- based Taiwanese businessmen and entertainers. Its Taiwan Affairs Office has warned that "it will never allow enterprises or individuals who make money in China to support Taiwan independence." Recently, Beijing has stiffened its stance on this approach by demanding that China-based Taiwanese people express political loyalty in exchange for economic benefits.

Beijing has also shifted its attention to multinational corporations such as Marriott International, Delta Air Lines, Bulgari and Chanel. Beijing insists on its "One China" principle -- even though the rest of the world knows very clearly that Taiwan is an independent sovereignty -- and forces other countries to accept its stance.

As the "China dream" surges with Chinese nationalism peaking, China on the surface looks strong and prosperous, but internally, it is full of worry, power struggles, a division between rich and poor and a lack of rule of law.

It is a country in which politics are above everything, pushing the top brass, the rich and even the middle class to send their children overseas, especially to the United States.

This trend is caused by its people's anxiety toward the lack of a sense of security regarding their lives and property. To many entrepreneurs, political factors are another key factor that must be taken into account.

At the current stage, however, China is quite capable of dealing with Taiwan. Under these circumstances, Taiwan must not be too active or humble and should be ready for attack by overt or covert means in order to chart strategies conducive to the livelihoods of Taiwan people and cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges.

At a time when globalization has benefited China more than Taiwan, Taiwan should forgo its past policy of viewing China as its hinterland and instead adopt one that upgrades its industrial level and boosts innovative economy.

At the beginning of a new year, we hope that the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) can turn good economic figures into something tangible to create benefits for enterprises and the general public. (Editorial abstract, Feb. 21, 2018)

(By Flor Wang)